Studer Foundation Launches Essay Contest for Escambia and Santa Rosa Middle School Students to Win a Scholarship to Attend the National Flight Academy

By Malerie

February 7, 2018 –Pensacola, Fl—The Studer Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest for 80 middle school students in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The essay contest winners will get the experience of a lifetime during a dynamic six-day program at the National Flight Academy (NFA) from July 29 through August 3, 2018. The essays will be reviewed through a blind selection process by a group of volunteers and local educators.

Students interested in being considered for the Studer Foundation Scholarship offer must electronically submit their essay through the NFA’s online portal on or before 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2018. Winners will be notified by email no later than March 31, 2018.

The Studer Foundation is investing in the future of the community by giving students a chance to participate in a unique educational experience designed to inspire the pursuit of educational and career opportunities within the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

The National Flight Academy brings the latest in multisensory media and simulation technologies to create an immersive naval aviator experience aboard the world’s only virtual land-locked aircraft carrier, AMBITION CVT-11.

This is a six-day overnight camp. Parents and guardians will be responsible for coordinating and funding travel to and from the National Flight Academy camp.

Program requirements:

  • Student must be enrolled in middle school as a rising 7th -9th grader.
  • Applicants must write a 500-word essay on one of the following prompts. The essay should represent their own work.
  1. Describe what being a leader means to you and share an example of leadership you have experienced or witnessed.
  2. In the future, but during your lifetime, what do you think will be the biggest advancement in one of the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics?  Why do you think that advancement will be so significant?

To apply for the essay contest, go to

For more information to learn more about the program, visit or call (850) 458-7836.


About the National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. We welcome support from individuals, corporations and foundations for both our scholarship program and general operation funds. The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Government.

For more information about the National Flight Academy, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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